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Some of us Weber kettle users know Don, as the inventor of the "Smokenator." I got this email a few minutes ago:

On August 4th, 2009, Don Thompson, the inventor of the Smokenator, passed away from cancer at the age of 60. He left behind a wife of 23 years, a daughter, step-son, and step-daughter.

Don loved to BBQ and wanted his customers to be able to succeed in cooking excellent meals for their families. He also believed in providing exceptional customer service, something he felt had been lost in many businesses today. It is important to us to maintain his high standards.

Don's wife Stephanie, his daughter Jennifer, and his step-son Ed will continue to run the business in the same fashion that Don did. While our response time to email and voice mail may be a little slower, we will do our best to return calls and emails the same day.

Jennifer Thompson